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Cairo protesters force Israeli envoy to flee after embassy attack

September 10, 2011—Hundreds of Egyptian troops backed by armored vehicles on Saturday took positions around the Israeli embassy in Cairo after protesters broke into and vandalized the premises, forcing the Israeli envoy to flee and prompting U.S. to call for the protection of the Jewish mission. Egypt’s military-led interim government declared a state of high alert as police clashed with protesters who raided the embassy building and in the violence one person died of heart attack and 450 were injured, state TV reported.

Egyptians storm Israeli Embassy building, remove flag

—Hundreds of Egyptians partially tear down wall surrounding Israeli Embassy in Cairo, remove flag from building for second time this month. Over 200 Egyptians reportedly injured. Foreign Minister opens emergency situation room

September 10, 2011—Hundreds of Egyptian activists on Friday demolished parts of the wall erected around a building housing the Israeli embassy in Cairo to protect it against demonstrators. Some of the protesters then stormed the embassy premises and tore down the flag from the building for the second time in less than a month.

Threat suspects may be U.S. citizens, government officials say

September 10, 2011—Government officials say at least two of the men suspected of being involved in a possible “al Qaeda” attack to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks are believed to be U.S. citizens or have U.S. traveling documents. One official said the would-be attackers’ primary goal is to set off a car bomb, but if that proves impossible, they have been ordered to find some other way to cause violence.

Sources: Authorities Concerned About Possible Dirty Bomb, Times Square Strike

—New York City on high alert

September 9, 2011—Federal and local authorities have beefed up security after receiving intelligence about a credible threat. The alleged plot by al Qaeda involves detonating car bombs on bridges and in tunnels in New York and Washington D.C. to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11. Chopper 2 HD saw the NYPD in action on Friday—police cruisers and orange cones marked one checkpoint on the George Washington Bridge. On the West Side Highway, at one of the many checkpoints, police were stopping drivers and searching vehicles, specifically vans and trucks. There is also a threat to bridges and tunnels. Security was equally tight at Penn Station, where armed guards were keeping watch over travelers as Transportation Security Administration agents performed random bag checks, swiping packs for gunpowder.

Longshoremen storm Wash. state port, damage RR

September 8, 2011—Hundreds of Longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha. Six guards were held hostage for a couple of hours after 500 or more Longshoremen broke down gates about 4:30 a.m. and smashed windows in the guard shack, he said. Most of the protesters returned to their union hall after cutting brake lines and spilling grain from car at the EGT terminal, Duscha said.

Turkish warships will escort Gaza aid vessels, pledges Turkish PM

—Erdogan makes pledge as Israeli-Turkish relations plummet following UN report into last year’s Gaza flotilla raid

September 8, 2011—Turkish warships will escort any Turkish aid vessels to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister, has announced. He also said Turkey had taken steps to stop Israel unilaterally exploiting natural resources from the eastern Mediterranean, according to al-Jazeera’s Arabic translation of excerpts of an interview conducted in Turkish.

Interpol issues arrest warrant for Qaddafi

September 9, 2011—Interpol, at the request of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, has issued a Red Notice arrest warrant for Qaddafi and members of his government. The move by Interpol, the international police agency, comes as Colonel Qaddafi remains in hiding in an unknown or undisclosed location.

Iraqi reporter who criticised government shot dead

September 9, 2011—Police say an Iraqi journalist who criticized the government has been shot to death. Hadi Al Mehdi had a weekly programme on a Baghdad radio channel on which he called on the government to provide better water, electricity and other public services to Iraqis… A city police officer says the 30-year-old man was shot yesterday by gunmen using silenced pistols in the capital’s mostly Shia neighbourhood of Al Jidida.


This link roundup originally appeared at

  Nigel Young: 9/11: Working in the Fields of Memory: As we near the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, it is important that we consider how we choose to remember. More
  Tom Engelhardt: Let’s Cancel 9/11: Bury the War State’s Blank Check at Sea: Our “ceremonies of hubris” have for the last decade provided a blank check to the war state. More
  Noam Chomsky: Was There an Alternative?: Looking Back on 9/11 a Decade Later: Osama bin Laden may be dead, but his American legacy lives on fiercely in Washington policy. More
  Robert Reich: Why Inequality Is the Real Cause of Our Ongoing Terrible Economy: Unless you’re one of the 5 percent of Americans with the highest incomes, this “American Dream” is still merely a dream. More

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